Blurb; Welcome to the café that never sleeps. Day and night Stella’s Café opens its doors for the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. It is many things to many people but most of all it is a place where life can wait at the door. A place of small kindnesses. A place where anyone can be whoever they want, where everyone is always welcome.
Meet Hannah and Mona: best friends, waitresses, dreamers. They work at Stella’s but they dream of more, of leaving the café behind and making their own way in life.
Come inside and spend twenty-four hours at Stella’s Café; a day when Hannah and Mona’s friendship will be tested, when the community will come together and when lives will be changed…
My Review; After loving The Lido last year and it making my top twenty reads of last year I could not wait to get my hands on this one, I knew I was in for a treat. I was not disappointed. Another brilliant read from Libby.
For me this is a long book at just under 400 pages but I flew through it in a weekend. I loved it. I enjoyed it. One I won’t forget for a long time. Within the story is a powerful message which the author talks about at the end of her book which is the importance of female friendships and how powerful and needed those relationships are.
This book has the perfect setting a 24 hour cafe! A place where hundreds of people pass every day and night. Many entering the cafe for different reasons. Each customer has their own story to tell. I loved the way the book was told over a 24 hour period and how we got to see more than just the two main characters lives Hannah and Mona, we got a glimpse and look in to the customers lives too. The way it is written makes you feel like you know each and every person personally.
Mona and Hannah have the perfect friendship one they both really needed to survive the London life and their dreams for the future. But after a huge argument will they rekindle that friendship? A beautiful story. A beautiful setting. Made me think about how I’ve never seen a 24 hour cafe before either. A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend. It may just end up in my top twenty reads of 2020. Libby never disappoints me. Brilliant.